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|Fazlul Quader Chaudhury|
|Speaker of the National Assembly|
29 November 1963 – 12 June 1965
|Deputy||Mohammad Afzal Cheema|
|Preceded by||Maulvi Tamizuddin Khan|
|Succeeded by||Abdul Jabbar Khan|
|Died||17 July 1973
|Political party||Muslim League (Before 1962)
Convention Muslim League (1962–1969)
Fazlul Qadir Chaudhury (also known as A.K.M. Fazlul Quader Chowdhry) was the 5th speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan, from East Pakistan. He belonged to Ayub Khan's Convention Muslim League. He was also the acting President of Pakistan from time to time when Ayub Khan left the country. His elder brother Fazlul Kabir Chowdhury was the leader of the opposition in East Pakistan assembly. Quader was Preceded by Maulvi Tamizuddin Khan of Awami League.
Fazlul Quader Chaudhury was elected member of the Pakistan National Assembly in 1962 under the Basic Democracy system. He was a minister in Ayub Khan’s cabinet (1962) in charge of the Ministry of Agriculture and Works, then in charge of the Ministry of Education and Information, and later in charge of the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare (1963). He played an important role in floating the Convention Muslim League (1962) and was elected a member of the central committee of the party. Consequent upon a judgment of the Supreme Court in 1963 cancelling the membership of a cabinet member to the National Assembly, his post in the Assembly was vacated (May 1963).
He was instrumental in the founding of the University of Chittagong, Chittagong University of Engineering & Technology, Chittagong Medical College, Chittagong Marine Academy, Chittagong Marine Fisheries and the Polytechnic Institute.
1971 and post- independence
In 1973, after the independence of East Pakistan, he was jailed in Bangladesh by the Awami League government of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman for war crimes as collaborator of Pakistan Army during 1971. He died in the prison in 1973.
His elder son Salauddin Quader Chowdhury was fourth term member of the Bangladeshi Parliament. Forty years after independence he also lies in prison for the same case under the War Crimes Tribunal set up by the Awami League government of Sheikh Hasina Wazed, daughter of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Although Fazlul Qadir Chaudhury established a number of educational institutions in his own district, and pioneered various social welfare and development activities, his involvement in war crimes in 1971 make him a reviled figure in Bangladeshi politics.
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- Khan, Muazzam Hussain. "Banglapedia". Banglapedia. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
- "Tread Warily To The Dream". The Telegraph (Calcutta, India). 6 February 2010.
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